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Old 08-01-2004, 02:39 PM   #1
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Compaq WL200 WiFi card crashes Linux

Hi all,

I recently jumped on the wireless bandwagon, and am trying to connect my ASUS laptop to my desktop (a K6-II machine on a SiS 530 board), both of them running Gentoo. My laptop is perfectly happy using a Linksys WPC11 v.3 card running the hostap drivers. The desktop, on the other hand, is another matter. I've tried running three different distros on this thing and whenever I insert the card into either PCI slot (there's only two on this piece of s*** board) the whole system freezes whenever there is any kind of hard drive I/O. The HD light stays on, the mouse freezes, if in a console I can't shift to virtual consoles. This situation happened in the Red Hat 9 GUI installer when formatting the root partition, it happened in both Debian and Gentoo in the console when copying files from the CD-ROM to the root partition. As soon as shut off the machine, remove the offending card and restart things tend to go without a hitch.

My question is am I looking at a bad card, a bad motherboard or two bad PCI slots (which I've never used on this board)? Some more information. The computer will boot with the card in, and it will stay booted for a while. It's only when it gets into heavy duty WRITING to the drive that the problems begin. While the PC is running, lspci reveals that the card is present as a PCMCIA bridge. I don't appear to be getting any IRQ conflicts in /var/log/messages (sorry, I don't have a copy of that just here) or dmesg, and lspci -vv doesn't seem to show me anything useful.

My next task is to find out whether the card is visible and works in Windows, but if anyone has experienced this before, I'd love to hear about it, especially if you have a solution.




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